You Can’t Free My Slaves!

Steve Prattor, Sheriff of Caddo Parish in Louisiana, addresses reporters (Screen cap).

Apparently, Sheriff Steve Prattor is not the least abashed in hollering out his displeasure over non-violent convicts being released early.

Steve Prattor, the Sheriff of Caddo Parish in Louisiana, is not a fan of his state’s new criminal justice reforms that will free many prisoners convicted of nonviolent offenses earlier than they had been scheduled to be released.

In a press conference held this week, Prattor said that keeping some of the “good” prisoners in jail was necessary for the prisons to keep functioning because they could provide needed labor that you couldn’t get out of more violent and dangerous prisoners.

“The [prisoners] that you can work, the ones that can pick up trash, the work release programs — but guess what? Those are the ones that they’re releasing!” Prattor fumed in his attack against criminal justice reforms. “In addition to the bad ones… they’re releasing some good ones that we use every day to wash cars, to change the oil in our cars, to cook in the kitchen… well, they’re going to let them out!”

My, my, you’re going to lose your slaves, what a pity. Perhaps you should learn to wash your own cars, how to change the oil in them, and strap an apron on, Sheriff, and get your arse to work.

Via Raw Story.


  1. says

    I am a bad person, because all I can think of is that Turkish guy who suddenly pulled a gun and shot the Russian ambassador, and how that little segment would have been dramatically improved if one of those cops behind him had felt threatened and had blown Prattor’s brains out.

  2. rq says

    All it means is he should really get into the reformatory aspects of jail-time and start putting his back into it -- the system is failing, if he can’t get the hardcore criminal types to do any work around the house. *tsk tsk*

    Can he hear himself? (I think the answer here is ‘no’.) I am, quite honestly, astounded at how obvious he is -- and how obviously despicable his ideas are (and heck, probably he himself is!).

  3. says

    The real problem is that the penal system in uStates is not based on rehabilitation in any way. It’s purely punishment based, and nothing ever changes, even when programs show that rehabilitation does work, like cell dogs, where prisoners are selected to train ‘hopeless’ dogs for disabled people. The effect on prisoners is damn near overwhelming in a positive sense, and it definitely teaches valuable skill sets.

    Using some people as personal slaves does not rehabilitate, and neither does letting all the rest of the prisoners rot.

  4. blf says

    This goon presumably has plenty of deputy goons. Quite probably, this goon and many of his deputy goons belong in his gaol. Putting them there solves his alleged problem, and should also reduce the problems this goon and his deputy goons cause.

  5. blf says

    On rehabilitation, there was a fascinating article about another program which seems to work in the New York Times a few months ago, The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires. However, there are problems. The one that particularly infuriated me when I first read the article is this: Despite the investment California makes in training these all-volunteer firecrews (albeit it is a very abbreviated training program), it tends to abandon the members on release:

    CDCR [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] says that the firefighter program is intended to serve as rehabilitation for the inmates. Yet they’re being trained to work in a field they will probably have trouble finding a job in when they get out: Los Angeles County Fire won’t hire felons and CDCR doesn’t offer any formal help to inmates who want firefighting jobs when they’re released.

  6. says

    blf @ 7:

    Yes, that’s standard, even among prisons which are considered to be mildly progressive by having rehab programs -- they help, and make a difference, but only while people are in prison. They don’t give a shit about you once you’re out.

  7. johnson catman says

    They don’t give a shit about you once you’re out.

    Seems to be a republican theme. They even apply it to babies.

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